Drawing on existing synergies between anganwadis and government schools can help Indian states deliver better early childhood care and education
In terms of scale, the network and vision established by India’s Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) is admirable. Launched in 1974, ICDS has expanded from just 33 UNICEF-funded programmes to a network of almost 1.4 million anganwadi centres providing a package of health and pre-school services to 10 crore beneficiaries. This network is by far the largest in the world. But it lacks quality of service delivery, especially with respect to early childhood care and education (ECCE).
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